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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #11
#drinkwhatyouown January slot 5/25
So this was suppose to be a sipdown evening of Sat 1/9 as I was doing the overnight shift at work. I’ll admit that I am not a black tea fan but trying to drink what I have so I made 2 sachets hot & plain in my everyday travel mug (DT favorite tumbler in navy blue which is 20 oz). Then I left in my boyfriend’s car when he dropped me off. So instead this was sipped cold & with milk with my meal before I worked Sun 1/10 overnight shift.
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~12oz boiling water 2tsp
Metal basket strainer
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, coconut, anise
Steeped Tea Smell: Anise and wood, Hint coconut
Flavor: Sweet coconut anise
Liquor: Color translucent orange red
Resteep: very weak
Swap Sample Sipdown! (9 | 78)
Courtesy of VariaTEA!
I think I made this with a little too much water, but it’s still quite tasty. The honeybush taste is very pastry-like, so to me this is closer to an apple crumble than apple cider. The spicing is fairly light, mostly cinnamon with a bit of clove over a base of sweet apple and a touch of creamy vanilla.
So in my opinion, it’s a bit like apple crumble with a side of ice cream! Much tastier than I expected. :)
Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Clove, Creamy, Pastries, Sweet, Vanilla
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown Catch-Up! 1 of 4 (9)
This sample is from my swap with VariaTEA!
Zhi Tea is actually native to Austin. I haven’t been to their location yet, but I definitely plan to go!
This one’s just okay. The bai mudan base is smooth with soft hay and oat notes. There’s a bit of dry autumn leaf flavor as well. According to the description, the blueberry here is from botanical blueberry extract. But somehow, to me, it still tastes somewhat candylike or artificial.
It’s not bad, but not great either. I do like the idea of white tea and blueberry together though, as blueberry oatmeal is one of my favorite flavors.
Flavors: Artificial, Autumn Leaf Pile, Blueberry, Candy, Hay, Musty, Oats, Smooth
Second time tasting this tea now, in my tea class. I’m starting to think this particular tea might be a bit of an acquired taste. I like it a lot better this time around than I did last time. I didn’t feel the same cooling sensation but the bitter aftertaste is significantly less noticeable. Not entirely sure how my classmate prepared it, but I imagine she must have done something different than the last time I tried it since it tasted so much better. Still has the same mildly chocolately smell that I love!
Not a fan of this tea so far, but I’ve heard a decent amount of hype about oriental beauty so I’m gonna give it another shot later one. It tastes pretty watery at first and it has a bit of a sharp-ish aftertaste. It’s also fairly bitter, but it felt like it had a mild cooling sensation to it that I did like. It also smells a little like chocolate, which I love!
First major snowfall in Toronto means first 3 hr drive home. So that sucked. However I came home to my customized SipsBy box complete with this tea which actually tastes like a hybrid between a chai and apple cider. It is quite nice. I also set up some cocoa chili pumpkin tea (another one of the teas in the SipsBy box) in chocolate milk to cold brew. Given there’s actual chilis in it, fingers crossed that doesn’t curdle. Now back to sipping on this…
Good, not great, TGY. Awesome for iced tho, and for a kinda big gong fu session.
iced: 8g tea, 240g water @195F for 4 min, pour over 200+ g ice
gong fu-ish: 8g tea, 150g water @195F. 1st steep for 1.5 min, then 30 sec for steep 2-4, then add 30 sec per steep
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Melon
Had a hard time dialing this one in, but I think I got there.
only time for one steep: 7g tea, 16oz water @boil for 3min
multi steeps: 7g tea, 30 sec rinse with 195F water, 200 ml water for 1.5 min, add 30 sec per steep afterwards
Darker/more heavily oxidized oolong, nice sweet rounded notes of dried fruit competing with some damp woody and slight leather tannic notes
Flavors: Leather, Plums, Raisins, Sugarcane, Wet Wood
Two veeery different approaches to this one:
Western (6 g to 16oz water @205F for 3’) will give you very floral notes with touches of peach and nectarine on the back end.
Gong fu (6 g to 3.5 oz water @195F for 1.5 min, then 30 sec steeps afterwards) will give very vegetal front that flows into a very bread-y, cinnamon toast crunch-ish sort of finish.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Peach, Vegetal
Well, this is a pretty nice assam. Smooth and malty. Is there coconut? Not really. It is a little creamy and slightly sweet so perhaps that is where the coconut comes in but I find myself searching for the coconut flavor. If this were simply an assam tea it would be a nice option but I find myself wanting more from a tea that has coconut in its name. Thank you Mookit for adding it to the box. It was a fun tea to try :)
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Originally when I was looking through things in the box to try I skipped past this one, but then putting things back in the box I gave it a second glance and I’m really glad I did because this cold brew was absolutely phenomenal!
The coconut notes were just so rich and had the perfect level of sweetness and freshness! It really, really strongly reminded me of coconut macaroons. Like, instantly I was able to place that sweet confectionery treat and it was so satisfying! Buttery, creamy, and with vanilla undertones. I wanted to dunk it into milk; but of course I was drinking a tea and not eating cookies, so that wasn’t totally feasible.
Excellent though! Truly excellent.
Another Zhi tea sample I got for Xmas! I’m always impressed with a tea that I can enjoy without any additives. A lot of the time with blacks they have to bitter of a bite, especially malty breakfast teas that I have been loving on so much lately, so I adjust them with cream and sweetener. This tea however is super smooth and creamy on it’s own. The assam and coconut merge so well together that it is hard to tell the two apart. Most coconut teas that I have encountered are green unless it is a mix of many flavors that uses coconut to add something, not be the focal point of the tea. I am enjoying this enough to debate if it should be a staple in my collection, but coconut has tendency to go bad faster than I can finish a bag, so maybe sample sizes are a better route for this. Hmmmm….. tea things to ponder.
I’ve had this sample for a while now and it still hasn’t grown on me. What are the tv watching people saying these days? “Does it spark joy?” The answer for this tea is it does not. It has a decent base and isn’t bitter, there is some smooth rose flavor in there, but it just doesn’t excite me.